What is clclean.0001?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the clclean.0001 on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Clclean.0001 file information

The process known as Cleanup belongs to software Macrovision Europe Ltd. Cleanup by Macrovision Europe (

Description: Clclean.0001 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Clclean.0001 is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows (in most cases C:\Users\USERNAME\Local Settings\Temp\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 59,964 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as clclean.0001, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the clclean.0001 process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Appears to be part of Audigy sound system
Have had it for quite sometime, but just now investigating. Still don't know what is its purpose.
  Jonathan   (further information)
It is installed by the Creative Audigy line of sound cards. If you have a new PC with an Audigy sound card or an Audigy processor on your motherboard, there is a good chance that this file is running on startup.It's "Creative Filter AudioControlMB Module" (ctmbha.dll, version
  John Connor  
Seems to be related to Soundblaster/Audigy soundcard. I've had it for 10 months since installing my Dell PC without any problems. It's in my Docs & Settings subdirectories.
part of SB Audigy audio program
  Jon Jonson  
Adobe Licence Management task which runs at the same time as licensed Adobe InDesign or Adobe Creative Suite programs (Adobe PhotoShop CS, Adobe InDesign CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, etc…) on Windows 2000/XP/2003 and which enforces the protection of Adobe software against software piracy.
  Jim B  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of clclean.0001: based on 9 votes with 6 user comments. 4 users think clclean.0001 is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving clclean issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with clclean. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the clclean.0001 process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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